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  1. #1 History: Family and Autobiography 
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    COMMENTARY ON THE PRICE/CORNFIELD FAMILY
    HISTORY THE HEROIC AGE(1844-1921)


    The beginnings of my own history and my family history I can only trace back to the last twenty-eight years of the nineteenth century when my grandparents on my mother's side were born in England in the 1870s. My father was born in 1895, at the beginning of the last stage of the heroic age, the beginning of 'Abdu'l-Baha's ministry. I can hypothesize that my great-grandparents were born in the 1840s and 1850s at the beginning of the heroic age, but further investigation of the origins and development of my family would have to take place to decide on a date. Studies of modern history have various beginning points: 1517, 1789 and the 1840s/50s. It is not my purpose to provide a secular history here. Such a history is found in so many other sources and places. :x

    When the Bab declared his mission, then, in 1844 my great-great-grandparents had been born and in the 1840s and 1850s they gave birth to my great-grandparents. It was these men and women who married and from these unions my grandparents were born. My grandfather on my mothers side was born in 1872 and my grandmother on my mothers side in 1877. On my fathers side, such dates await future genealogical investigation.

    As far as I know, I was extracted out of a fine, kind, energetic, religious and wise--all in various measures depending on which grandparent one is examining and who is doing the examining of the stock. When the name Price first emerged I do not know and may never find out, if I do not indulge in any historical study of my family in the history of Wales and its many genealogies. For it was in Wales where both my grandparents on my fathers side lived, as far as I know(and I know very little), in 1895 and operated a pub in Martyr-Tydville. It appears that the name Rhys was the root of the name Price, but I leave this process of the origin and development of my name to a future time.

    The heroic age, at least the part occupying the period 1844 when Babi history begins to 1877 when Bahaullah confinement within the prison walls of Akka was terminated, was clearly the period in which my grand-parents on both my mothers and fathers side were born. My great-grandparents and great-great grandparents lived significant portions of their lives in these first several decades of the heroic age. They were born in these early years of the history of this New Faith or in the days of Siyyid Kazim(1826-1843); my great-grand-parents had their children and these children grew into middle-aged adults as the heroic age came to an end. Perhaps at some future time I can study my family origins in this period. For now this short sketch must serve as a 'something is better than nothing' starting position. :x

    A new calendar began in 1844 with the Bab and a new age. In some ways it is fitting that this autobiography only goes back to the first traces of my family origins in the 1840s and 1850s. For that is the beginning of the Baha'i Era. The autobiography which follows takes place in: the heroic age(1844-1921) and the formative age(1921-2000 and following). 1844 was also the year when Karl Marx wrote his first pages and the first message over a telegraph wire was also sent that year. But, as I said above, this is not a secular history. It is just a start to my own autobiography, a brief outline to provide a background to take my family history to the beginning of the history of the Faith which is such an integral part of my life.

    Ron Price
    5/5/'05 to 14/1/'13.


    Last edited by RonPrice; January 14th, 2013 at 12:26 AM. Reason: to take out the apostrophes
    married for 37 years; teacher for 30; living in Australia for 33 years; Baha'i for 45 years. Writer of poetry for 25 years.
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    Hi there, thanks for posting your family-history I'm also fascinated by genealogy. It's a lovely puzzle to trace back your personal roots into history.

    You are using some words which I'm unfamiliar with, such as the 'heroic age' and the 'baha i' era'. Are these part of Australian history?


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    Yes, when I get into autobiography I often use what you might called 'Baha'i jargon' or terminology. I often forget when posting these short items. In my longer work of autobiography--some 1000 pages now--these terms are explained. Sorry for not responding for 6 weeks, but I don't get to this sight often.-Ron Price, Tasmania
    married for 37 years; teacher for 30; living in Australia for 33 years; Baha'i for 45 years. Writer of poetry for 25 years.
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